Returning to work; managing anxiety and re-establishing routine.
02 JUL 2020
At the beginning of the pandemic, we had to quickly adjust to restrictions requiring us to stay at home and limit physical contact with others. Anxiety around these changes was evident in the number of people accessing help-seeking services and increased reports of depression and anxiety. Similarly, as restrictions ease and we return to work and social life, people may be feeling a range of overwhelming emotions. Psychologists call this ‘reverse culture shock’. It’s the feeling people can have when returning from overseas or taking an extended break such as maternity leave and is characterised by a cycle of adjustment. We offer some tips on making the adjustment cycle easier in returning to work and re-establishing a routine.
When returning to work you may be excited to see colleagues, grab a coffee from your favourite café or see an end to Zoom meetings. However, the realisation that things are not as they were can be jarring. You may also find that you had become accustomed to a slower pace of life or that you enjoyed having time for a walk in the morning while working from home.
Listed below are some things that may help you ease back into post-COVID life and keep up some of the lifestyle changes made during isolation:
In the Workplace
Staying Mentally Healthy
Utilising some of these strategies may help you reintegrate back into the work environment and reduce some of the impacts of reverse culture shock.
Remember each person’s experience is unique. If you find yourself struggling with returning to work or to life post-COVID please contact the following services.
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue Support Service is available via phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 and via the website for online web chat.
Further information can be found here: